Terminal Server Hardware Requirements and Load Balancing
Posted on 2007-06-23
I am seeking some guidance on the design of a terminal server/thin client environment.
I have a site with 35 users and we are looking at implementing a terminal server/thin client environment. The terminal servers I have implemented in the past have maxed out at around 20 users logged on at any one time, so we have only ever needed a single Windows 2003 terminal server with Dual Xeons, 15k SCSI HDDs, 3 to 4 GB RAM etc. However this site will have 35 users logged in and working all day long, so I am concerned that this will be nowhere near enough.
What would be the ideal hardware scenario for 35 users in a completely thin environment? Do you think I should go with a single terminal server that has more power than what I have been used to installing? If so, what hardware specs would you recommend? Otherwise, would I be better off implementing two terminal servers similiar to what I have used in the past, with some sort of load balancing? If so, becuase I am new to load balancing terminal servers, is there 3rd party software that I need to look at to handle this, or does the Microsoft Server system handle all of this? If you steer me in the right direction, I can do the all the required research.
I would appreciate any assistance anyone can give.